Potters Bar Town had to settle for a draw against Cray Wanderers but manager Max Mitchell insists that an elusive home Isthmian League Premier Division win is just around the corner.

David Hicks had fired the Scholars into the lead nine minutes into the second period of a very wet afternoon but Cray were able to snatch an equaliser 11 minutes for time to leave the sides locked at 1-1.

It means Bar are still in the bottom four and have four draws and three defeats in their seven league matches at the Lantern Stadium.

However, it is now six unbeaten in the league and 10 in all competitions and Mitchell is delighted with the improvements being shown.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Potters Bar Town celebrate the opening goal against Cray Wanderers. Picture: PETER SHORTPotters Bar Town celebrate the opening goal against Cray Wanderers. Picture: PETER SHORT (Image: Peter Short)

He said: "In terms of the conditions, we knew it was going to be difficult and we knew it was going to be a battle at times.

"We stood up to that and at minimum, we matched them. They're no pushover, they are a strong side and an established side in this division.

"We knew where their threats lay and we knew it was going to be a battle.

"We would have loved three points but we felt we could have managed the game better in the second half with 15 minutes to go but we just have to move on to the next one.

"We're pleased but we're still looking for that elusive home [league] win.

"We have another block of home games so we're not planning too far ahead."

The side now assembled at Parkside is very different to the one that gathered at the start of the season and it also contains two youngsters on loan from League One clubs.

And both Wycombe goalkeeper Laurence Shala and Stevenage midfielder David Hicks drew praise.

Mitchell said: "This is a massive learning opportunity for the likes of Laurence and David. They are two young lads, one 19, one 17.

"This will give them an eye opener as to what first-team football is - it's wet, it's muddy.

"As a goalkeeper you're going to have to come for crosses and command your box but [Laurence] kept his cool.

"In terms of his all-round game, his calmness for such a young player and shows you why he is at [someone like] Wycombe. There's a reason he has a professional contract.

"We're helping him with his education, like we've done with players like Makise Evans and now David Hicks."

And Mitchell revealed he wants to keep Hicks for as long as is deemed acceptable for the player.

The boss said: "We want to keep it on a month-by-month basis, purely for development reasons for David.

"He's not a player who we need to keep his feet on the ground because I genuinely believe he has that aura about him.

"Whatever you say to him, he takes it in and his game intelligence is very good for a young player.

"He is another we want to take under our wing in regards to his education and look after for the next month.

"We have a good relationship with Stevenage and we will continue to progress him and help others like him moving forward.

"He got another goal with a very smart finish but his work rate off the ball was superb which then allows him to have a good game on the ball.

"We'll continue to educate him and he'll continue to educate himself."